Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Anyway - back to the story of my day so far. My husband went to the temple this morning which with the hour drive each way means he's basically gone for a good 4-5 hours. Not a big deal. Didn't have a ton planned for the day. Or so I thought. I was going to head to the gym after dropping kids off at school and just work out on my own. But before going to the gym I saw that a friend was going to an activity called music makers (a mom and toddler activity). People have been telling me I should go since I moved here - but I like to spend my mornings at the gym. So last minute I decided I would finally go. It's right around the corner from the gym. So I decided to do a short workout and try out Music makers. So to start off, I only get a 25 minute workout in instead of my usual hour. Not a big deal cuz I'm going to something fun with Seth. Pull up to the church where they have music makers and see a Hearst. Music makers is canceled because of a funeral. Alright then. I'm a little bummed but no big deal. I'll try again another time.
Next I go home and get cleaned up. I decide I'll ship something to my sister that she's asked to borrow. So I get all that put together and load up the car and go get Luke from school. I take Luke and Seth with me to the post office thinking this will be quick and easy. None of the regular priority mail boxes will fit. So I buy a box and some bubble wrap and figure I'll try sending it priority and use the Post Office tape instead of having to buy tape as well. Stupid mistake on my part. So as I'm trying to get the package all put together and taped up, seth and Luke are running wild around the post office. Seth is squealing and shrieking and pulling cards and envelopes off the display while Luke is playing with the doors. I'm so embarrassed but torn. Should I grab my kids and try to get them to sit and extend this whole situation or just get it packed as fast as I can so I can get out of there. Once I get it taped up and labeled I grab Seth and Luke and get on line to ship the package. The lady weighs it and says it's gonna cost $45 to ship!! Yeah right! She suggested I use the actual priority flat rate box. Uh, Lady. I would've if I could've. This thing won't fit in that. (during all this Seth is screaming trying to get out of my arms. - does she really want to have a conversation with me?) So I pay for the box and bubble wrap and get out of there as fast as I can. (Sorry sis. I tried) I'm so embarrassed at the way my kids were acting. Seth should be napping, but it being a Wednesday and California schools being annoying Maya gets out early every Wednesday (I don't get the school systems here) So I have to keep Seth up until after I pick Maya up on Wednesdays so he can get a decent nap. It just means an extra hour and a half of craziness.
So, I tried. I've put in an honest effort today. And with all that effort I feel I've accomplished nothing. . .well I did get to change a poopy diaper. That's something right???
Saturday, January 1, 2011
On Thursday (12-30-2010) Matt woke up and prepared to take the kids up to Tahoe to do some snowtubing. The kids have been asking and asking for weeks to go see the snow once they learned we could drive there. So Matt wakes up and starts getting things ready. The only problem is - we haven't been anywhere near snow in 3 years and that was just for a short visit to Utah for a wedding. So the kids don't have snow boots or any proper snow clothes. They do have some nice heavy coats. So we layer them up. Sweats under their jeans, double up on socks. We find old scarves and squeeze on old hats. We borrow some gloves for the kids from our neighbors. Pack a change of clothes and shoes for the ride home. I planned on staying home with Seth. A 1-year-old for a 2-3 hour car ride doesn't sound like fun and he'd probably be cold and miserable. But I was feeling so bummed about being apart for the whole day that at the last minute before Matt was about to leave, I start throwing stuff in the car for Seth and I. Luckily for Seth we had Luke's old winter clothes including snowboots.
So we all hopped in the car together and made a day trip of it. I was just happy to be all together. The drive up was fun. About an 1 1/2 to 2 hours into the trip you start to see a dusting of snow on the ground and then within 10 - 15 more minutes the snow's a few feet deep. Pretty cool. Maya and Luke were so excited! I wish I would've taken some pictures of the mountains because it was really beautiful. It is kind of crazy (and great) that you can hop in the car and drive from a place that's nice and mild and be in a winter wonderland within 2 hours. We were planning on driving to a park all the way in North Lake Tahoe (which would've been a good 3 hour drive) but we found a great place to stop a little over 2 hours into the trip. It was called Cisco Grove. The only reason we found it is that the highway traffic was slowing down because of snow conditions. It would've taken a LONG time to get to Tahoe. So we pulled off at Cisco Grove and followed the signs to snowtubing. There was a national park right off the highway. It was only $10 to park and there were 20 miles of paths that we could take and tube any where. Totally worth it.
Maya and Luke were so excited to start playing in the snow. They headed to the edge of the parking lot and climbed into the snow while Matt and I got Seth ready. Since Luke had a couple of hoods we gave Luke's hat to Seth .
So for next time, we will be more prepared with nice warm snow clothes for the kids. I cna't blame them for complaining, their sneakers and pants can't hold up to the snow very well. They were crying as we changed them into dry clothes and wrapped them in blankets in the car. Seth was asleep within minutes.
The biggest downer was the car ride home. The first hour we made great time. But then we hit major traffic and only went 10 miles in an hour - painful! So instead of the ride home taking a little over 2 hours, it was closer to 4 - with tired, cranky, hungry kids. Next time we'll find a fun place to stay and do an overnighter so we can tube and then come and warm up with hot chocolate and then go out and tube some more.
We made lots of goodies, survived the holiday rush at the mall, and stayed up way too late talking - happens every visit. It's so nice to be close to family, especially to visit during the holiday - helped make it feel a little more like Christmas.
We got home late Wednesday and got ourselves ready for a party with friends the next day. Christmas eve was just our little family. We played games, read the Christmas story and sang Christmas carols. Then we all snuggled together and watched a Christmas movie or two with the kids. Then it was time to get ready for Santa to come. The kids didn't want to stay up too late (and they didn't want Mom and Dad to stay up too late either) because they know that Santa won't come until everyone is asleep. So we set up some milk and cookies for Santa and some snacks for the reindeer and tucked the kids into bed. Matt and I stayed up a little longer so I could watch "It's a Wonderful Life" for the first time - fun movie.